The Many Faces of a Contemporary Social Cruiser
Van Dam Custom Boats reinvented the look of Chiara and its day boat concept to provide a versatile platform for even more convenient, on-board entertaining, coastal cruising, fishing, camping, or simply a hang out spot for the owner’s family.
Powered with a pair of Volvo Penta 260 hp common rail diesels, this 43-foot custom was designed to provide comfortable performance at speeds in the low 40’s as well as miserly fuel efficiency. A 300 gallon fuel tank allows day trips to that remote private shore and back without a fuel stop. Duo-prop stern drives offer excellent efficiency and handling, with the ability to sneak into some skinny water. Entertaining in the cockpit is facilitated by the cockpit galley, complete with microwave, hot water, sink, and refrigeration.
Forward in the cavernous cuddy cabin there is room to sleep 5 adults. A fully enclosed head with vacu-flush toilet and a shower is situated between the cockpit and the cabin, and spans the full width of the boat. A hard top was added over the helm and galley in the second year, offering welcome shade and a place to anchor the generous canvas enclosure.
Teak decks and a fully Awlgripped exterior assure minimal maintenance, while the simple yet superbly executed custom wood interior leaves no doubt that this is yet another timeless build by Van Dam. And who better to give it a refresh and a refit than the craftsmen that originally brought her to life?